Vegan Pizza with Daiya Cheese and Cornmeal Crust

My friend Carlie and I made vegan pizza last night and it was amazing. If there were left overs, I totally would have eaten pizza for every meal today.

I am obsessed with daiya cheese. My boyfriend actually got me hooked on it a while ago, and I eat it all the time. It is great on pizza because it is very creamy, and almost acts like a cheesy sauce. And the best part? It is dairy-free and soy-free!
(I would suggest never eating it cold. However, it is phenomenal once melted).

And now my other new obsession: cornmeal crust. This stuff is delicious. I got the pre-made cornmeal crust from my local co-op, Co-Opportunity. For one package of Vicolo’s 2 medium-size cornmeal pizza crusts, it was roughly $5.50– not bad at all!

If you’re a LA local, I definitely suggest you check out Co-Opportunity on 15th & Broadway in Santa Monica. This place is amazing and if you’re looking for the cornmeal crust, it is in the fridge section of alternative “cheeses” and “meats”, where you can pick up some diaya cheese as well!

Ingredients:

  • 4 or 5 Small White-Skinned Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • 1 Pack Mozzarella Daiya Cheese
  • 2 Pre-Made Cornmeal Crusts
  • Pizza Sauce
  • Coconut Oil

STEP 1: Pre-Cook Potatoes & Vegetables

The potatoes take the longest to pre-cook. Carlie baked the potatoes before I came over: chop them in to very small pieces, place them on a baking sheet or tray, and cover with a little bit of coconut oil. Place in the oven for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees 25 minutes at 350 degrees, or until lightly browned.

Steam the spinach until it shrinks down, usually takes about 3-5 minutes. If you don’t have an actual steamer, you can place it in a pan with water, boil it, and then drain the water.

Saute themushrooms in a pan with a little bit of coconut oil for about 5 – 10 minutes.

Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees.

STEP 2: Prep Pizza

Layer 1 of cheese!

Place the cornmeal crusts on a baking sheet; both crusts fit on one!

Spread a layer of pizza sauce over the crust. Top with diaya cheese, so that most of the sauce is covered.

Add the pre-cooked vegetables to your desire.

Place another, thinner layer of diaya cheese on top.

If you have any vegetables left over, you can always add a few more!

Lots of mushrooms-- yum!

STEP 3: Bake

Place the pizzas in the pre-heated oven for about 12-15 minutes. The crust should be lightly browned on the bottom.

Let it cool for a few minutes and enjoy!

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